Jose Mourinho once hired astronaut at Man Utd as bold motivation technique

Jose Mourinho once brought in an astronaut to give a talk to Manchester United’s academy players, according to reports.

The legendary manager had a mixed spell at Old Trafford where he won the FA Cup and Europa League but was eventually sacked after poor performances and conflicts with players.

Mourinho reportedly called in NASA astronaut Steve Swanson after he had spent 195 days in space in an attempt to motivate the academy youngsters, hoping he would share with them with some of his grit and determination.

Swanson, who once took a Manchester United flag into orbit on the International Space Station in 2014 after being persuaded by a Russian Red Devils-supporting friend, spoke to the next generation of stars about the importance of teamwork.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: “Steve spoke about his own experiences and how important it was to all work together.

“The players seemed to be interested in what he had to say. Hopefully it will boost their hopes.”

While Mourinho has been criticised in the past for not having faith in youngsters, the Portuguese manager gave debuts to defender Axel Tuanzebe and first-team regular Scott McTominay during his spell in Manchester.

He would have had plenty of talent to work with, with United being renowned for their excellent academy and having produced a swarm of young stars over the years.

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They have most recently produced talents such as Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and England sensation Marcus Rashford.

And going even further back under Sir Alex Ferguson is perhaps the greatest collective group of youngsters ever assembled.

The famous Class of ’92 included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Gary Neville, who all went on to have stellar careers, winning Champions Leagues and Premier League titles.

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